Casalvecchio di Puglia

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Casalvecchio di Puglia
Comune
Comune di Casalvecchio di Puglia
View from Castelnuovo della Daunia
View from Castelnuovo della Daunia
Casalvecchio di Puglia is located in Italy
Casalvecchio di Puglia
Casalvecchio di Puglia
Location of Casalvecchio di Puglia in Italy
Coordinates: 41°36′N 15°7′E / 41.600°N 15.117°E / 41.600; 15.117Coordinates: 41°36′N 15°7′E / 41.600°N 15.117°E / 41.600; 15.117
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Foggia (FG)
Government
 • Mayor Mauro Piccirilli
Area
 • Total 31.72 km2 (12.25 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2003)[1]
 • Total 2,082
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 71030
Dialing code 0881

Casalvecchio (Arbërisht: Kazallveqi) is an Arbëreshë comune and village in the Province of Foggia, Apulia, southern Italy. Mostly originating from a 15th-century migration of Albanians, the residents have subsisted by family farming. Of those native to the area for generations, many have continued to use the Arbëreshë language, even those of the post-World War 2 generation. The population in 2003 was 2,082.

History[edit]

In 1461 near Monte Gargano in the southeastern Apennine mountains a group of 5000 immigrants from Albania fled the enculturation of the Turks and Islam. They were sent by the great Albanian Skanderbeg, or Gjergj Kastrioti i Krujës, George Castriota. This part of Apulia was granted to the incomers by the king of Naples.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ "Casalvecchio di Puglia". Retrieved June 27, 2006.